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Buckler Non-Alcoholic Brew | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Buckler Non-Alcoholic BrewBuckler Non-Alcoholic Brew

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 137
Photo of RodneyFarva
3.29/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl can poured into a pint glass, best by 1/13

a: pours a clear gold, lots of carbonation bubbles, big 3 finger white head.

s: a distinct woodiness and nuttiness to it - chestnuts and walnuts - along with a bit of a hop aroma at the end

t: a light nuttiness, almost buttery, and biscuity malts, a touch of hops in the finish. carbonation is high as it should be

o: shockingly complex for the style, and enjoyable - I think it's better than heineken.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.65/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh yeah. $0.99. New style tick. New brewery tick. I guess this was a no-brainer.

Clear, light yellow with a dense, white head with surprisingly good retention and even a little lacing, this would pass for a pilsner. The nose is surprisingly hoppy, with a blend of Saaz and skunk, with moderately snappy lemon, and some grain. A little cereal is present. Not bad at all.

The palate has a blend of lemony and dusty Saaz, skunk and a touch of grain, all on an incredibly watery palate. No real sweetness is present, though a touch of corn and sugar are noticeable. Drying on the finish, watery and with a mild Saaz bite, there's actually a little lingering bitterness on the finish. Highly carbonated, this is quenching and refreshing. Fairly clean, there's nothing discernibly off here. This is not bad at all, and I would go as far as recommend it. It's significantly better than Heineken, and most macro lagers. In terms of non-alcoholic carbonated beverages, I would say this is second to maybe good tonic water, as the lack of sweetness and the added bitterness really do help. I actually drank the whole bottle.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this beer is #9 on the "Top Beers - Low Alcohol Beer" list on beeradvocate.com. $0.79 for a tick? Why not? 12 ounce bottle poured into a globe glass. How bad could it be?

Beer is clear, yellow, lightly carbonated, big white head with low retention, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is grainy, sweet, kind of like malt liquor.

Skunky, sweet, thin, grainy aftertaste, it reminds me a lot of a couple of adjunct lagers out there. Not worth a second look but it is not as bad as most out there. Fortunately my body can currently tolerate alcohol so Im going to go get a beverage that has some. NEXT!

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Photo of McStagger
3.3/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My go to when I went dry for a few months last year.

A: Big pour. Fairly lively head. Standard macro color. As one user put...darker than a BMC. Still, it's that straw yellow we all know and expect. Head retention is meh. Lacing is average.

S: Metallic, grassy, husked grain, mild bit of hop presence.

T: Starts off bitter and clean, ends with husk grain notes and a cider-like finish.

M: Pretty seltzer like. Body is minimal.

O: I'm scoring this beer fairly well. While pretty mediocre as far as beer goes, I think this beer is stellar when compared to other NA's on the market. This one is about as close as I've come. So I'll meet in the middle on scoring. Not great overall, but great for the category.

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Photo of jifigz
2.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My brother's pregnant wife picked up some of these while we were at the outer banks so she could still have a beer. She gave me the leftovers (maybe that's a sign?)

Bottle poured into a pint.

A: Looks pretty beer like. A mass produced yellow color that's a little darker than your standard Bud and what not, but pretty typical color. Better lacing and head than I have seen on a lot of American macros and Euro lagers for that matter. Doesn't look to bad.

S: Skunky, grassy, hayfield, sweet, and mildly bitter.

T: This beer has a very unusual taste. A strange sweetness is up front followed by an empty and bland nothingness. It is very grassy in flavor.

M: Average.

O: This is the first time I have ever had N/A beer, or less than 0.5% beer as it actually is. If I once was a serious alcoholic and could no longer have real beer due to health issues or whatever, I would gratefully drink this, but I would try the other N/A beers out there, they might be better. Either way it is pretty cool they at least make this so someone can enjoy a "beer" if they can't have alcohol.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle into an Estrella Damm goblet in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair thickness, no cream, and poor pathetic retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Very nutty, actually. Malt and barley are there, alongside a hint of lime. I also get a fermented pineapple note, a bit like tepache. Interesting and unexpected.

T: Heavy pineapple is present in the body with a nut/malt climax and finish. Simple, but more bold than most alcohol free beers I've had.

Mf: Far too light, but it's a bit coarser than expected. In any case, it doesn't really suit the beer.

Dr: Obviously it's very drinkable as it's practically water, but it has no real alcohol content. I wouldn't have it again, but perhaps for the nondrinker it might be more worthwhile than Beck's or O'Doul's.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.08/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good god this is foul. Pours pale straw. White head. Nose is coked vegetables over fresh, raw skunk funk from fresh skunk roadkill. Amazing that they are able to sell this product. Would rather nose my Hanes after a long jog, with the socks too. Cereal grain sweetness is in there on the palate. Sweet corn & grainy finish.

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Photo of taigor
1/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale yellow color with minimal head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing in the glass.

S - Awful grain grassy smell. Very unpleasant and skunky.

T - Bitter, grassy with slightly metallic aftertaste. Tastes like a powder mixed with water.

M - Very light and over-carbonated.

O - Stay away from it as much as possible. Anything including water is better than this.

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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle at Club Society, Evesham, NJ

You'd have to be drunk to enjoy this. And that doesn't make sense any way you read it.

Poured a straw yellow with a quickly receding white head. Slight essence of grains in the aroma and not much else. Taste of skunk and stale grain juice. Like water in the mouth, and not drinkable for any reason.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.59/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Straw yellow, very clear, lots of visible carbonation. About a fingers worth head that dissipates to a nice ring with descend lacing.

S: Very grainy sweetness, maybe a little corny and a hint of lemon grass.

T: A lot like the smell, grainy, corny, sweet with a little tartness. Aftertaste is a little on the flat side and salty.

M: Very thin and watered down.

D: Not too bad for a Non Alcoholic beer.... Reminds me of Heineken... just a little more watered down.

My first Non Alcoholic beer... Tasted more like beer than I had expected.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.22/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I suppose this was deserved...thanks for sharing, Chris.

A: The pour is a very pale straw color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: This is what it would smell like if you were sprayed by a whole population of skunks. Just for a bit of "balance", we've got some resin and bong water. Maybe a bit of sweetness.

T: Amazingly bitter, and not in a good way. Lots of skunk, as you would expect after just opening the bottle. A bit of an apple juice sweetness underneath. Some coffee grounds too.

M: The body is light and thin and the carbonation is medium to high.

D: This was horrendous. I wish I could give this beer a zero on the aroma. Wow...do not buy this.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by largadeer. Thanks, Chris.

I don't know if I see the point of non-alcoholic beers in general. If I'm not drinking, I'm not drinking; I don't need something that passes as some imitation of what I'm not having. Maybe I'm alone, but I just don't see the point and I don't recognize this as a valid 'style' of beer.

Clear, light straw body. Even from a few feet away I could smell how badly skunked this was. Did they preskunk it before bottling it? I just don't see how it went that bad. Anyway, it's sulfurous / minerally, skunky, terrible.

I don't have much to say. Skip it. Drink iced tea or something else if you really want non-alcoholic beverage. I just don't see the point of stuff like this.

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Photo of largadeer
1.41/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Clear watery yellow with a rapidly fading head. Smells like roadkill, sulfur, metal, minerals, husky grain. Sweet on the palate, extremely thin and somewhat metallic. Signature Heineken skunk. Grainy, watery finish with a little astringency. This is pretty much awful.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a sickly looking pale straw color (a little hazed) with a thick soapy white head and a little lacing. Smells of carbonated water with some grain and a little corn in the background. Mouthfeel is a little thin but they are usually thin for this style. Drinkability is low, because the beer just isn't that good.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.76/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, like the label,

A: Pours a sparkling clear golden with a soft white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Mild, notes of carbonic acid and husky grain, that's about it.

T: Bittersweet grainy malt flavour, with a nice little hop balance. Solid flavour.

M: Medium-bodied for the style. Spritzy, crisp but light carbonation character.

D: Nice near beer. No real off flavours and it really feels like you're drinking something.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.13/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a truly golden yellow with a big, boisterous, foamy head. While the head does settle down into a toad's-eye cap, there is still very good lacing down the sides; an attractive proposition.

Smell is quite pleasing, a little clean corn, a bit of hops, and reasonably (frankly, surprisingly) focused. Not prone to the flabby, vegetal elements that plague the nose of most N/A beers.

Taste is of Carapils malt, a little bit of tinned carrot, a flinty nod from the hops. All in all, not bad, and the lack of ABV is hidden quite well. This is a difficult style to do well, and they've done an admirable job here.

Mouthfeel is the one major flaw with this product. For whatever reason, on the swallow, as the mild hop flavor passes over the palate, there is a very unpleasant, if not downright prickly sensation that attacks the tongue. Harsh, unusual, and uncalled for. A fatal flaw in an otherwise very enjoyable N/A beer.

Drinkability is fine; you wouldn't want to have too many of these, but you could have a few in a night. Will it be memorable? Nah. But it'll pass the time.

All in all, on the higher scoring end of the N/A beers out there, and by far more focused in flavor. I can't think of another brew that hides its lack of alcohol content so well, that tastes as much like...well, generic European Pale Lager beer. I just wish the mouthfeel wasn't so heinous. Give it a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.24/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation.

Smell: wheat, grass, almost at the start of skunking

Taste: honey, toasted malt, grain and sugar

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a sugary ending

Drinkability: If I wanted a beer in this style, I could have several of these. It tastes like beer with a sweeter ending. It tastes like an above average lager. Good for the style.

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Photo of liddytime
3.08/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There are some occasions when you need a beer but can't have the alcohol. This is the beer for those times! I have tried many (if not all of the ) non-alcoholic beers that ranged from awful to putrid. Buckler is different. It tastes like BEER!

It pours a light gold with really not much in the way of aroma. Light and malty on the palate. One can actually get the hint of some hop flavor in there. It does taste like a weaker version of Heineken. Very drinkable.

This is obviously not my first choice when I reach for a beer, but for those times when I can't have alcohol, this is a worthy substitute. Best non-alcoholic beer I've had.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.31/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I dunno why anyone even bothers with these. Looks like an even weaker Henie, very very light yellow/straw. Smells awful. Wet hay and mold.

Taste, like a BMC with better hops, slightly. Leaves nothing to grasp onto, you don't savor anything mouthfeel wise, you just want to hurry up and get over it. It would be better to just relapse if you were an alcoholic and drink a better real beer than suffer through this. Even worse, its pricey.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.03/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with a fizzy white head with decent retention.

S- The aroma is light grain and malt that is slightly grassy with a hint of hay. Maybe just a touch of hops as well.

T- The taste is sweet grain up front with a touch of grassy hops. Not overly flavorful, but not overly offensive either. It can be a little sweet at times, could use some more hops to help balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this beer does the job it is intending to do. A very light bodied beer with very little alcohol. Worth a try.

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Photo of jnfs
3.18/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light beer in more than just taste, it was yellow in color and unnaturally clear with no head. It was litely carbonated, with aroma of grain, malt and hops. As for the taste there were slight malt and hops present. This is a super light NA beer with not much to it.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.08/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose has Nobel hops with some skunk, softly fruity, mildly malty, toasty dry. Smells okay / not bad.

Pours clear pale gold with mild head and lace. Looks pretty good.

Tastes okay. Malt and hop follows nose. Nice hop bitterness and dryness. Noble herbal/spicy/floral. Bitterness grows along with soft sourness. Finishes dry and bitter. Tastes okay. Feels pretty good. Fair drinkability.

Not so bad, it has merits, but not many.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.18/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this 'beer' was a crystal clear, light golden color with a ton of rising carbonation. The one finger head of white foam retained pretty well like a down comforter. The aroma was surprisingly beer-like, albeit macro beer, slightly stale and skunky with generic grains and a good malt/hop balance. The flavors were clean and crisp, though obviously stripped of the alcoholic gumption one hopes from a drink. Still, for a NA beer it was dry and smooth with only a hint of sweetness and cereal grains. The mouthfeel was fair enough, the body light/medium and the carbonation good. Would I order another one? Not unless I had to do NA. But if I DID, I would. For the style? Bravo.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Proprietary dating system.

Quick review: Tastes like a slightly lighter version of Heineken. Off-dry Euro-lager style with that destictive "skunky" aroma and flavor. Crisp and mostly dry on the finish. Like Pilsner Urquell meets Heineken.

For an NA beer in that style, not bad. It didn't have that slick, almost sweet character that most de-alcoholized beers have. I'd rather drink this than Labatt NA, Gennesse NA, Coors NA, or Kaliber if I have to drink an NA beer.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.28/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears an ultra clear yellow color with high, effervescent like carbonation. Produces a soapy head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaves no lacing either. Smells of earthy grassy notes, nutty, lite grains, powerful and at times can be a little off putting. Intense earthy, grassy notes, that's about all that's going on here.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes almost the same as the way it smells, lite corn & grain, and intense earthy, nutty, grassy flavors. Although some sweet malt flavors manage to pull through a bit, balancing the potent earthy notes. Mouthfeel is very bitey & seltzer like, pretty thin and watery as well, and has a very lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This beer was largely grassy and earthy, but manages to balance out with some nice sweet malty flavor. Ive only tried a few of these low alcohol brews, but this one seems to be the best one that Ive had. I liked it's low key flavors, and awesome drinkability. All in all it's decent, and won't leave you with a hangover, you could drink as many as you want. Cheers!

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